The Jackson County Library System & Covid-19

The Jackson County Library buildings in Jackson, Lakefield, and Heron Lake are open with a few remaining restrictions. While Jackson County is in high transmission, people are requested to wear masks inside and it is requested that people stay home if sick and stay 6 feet apart.

Computers will be cleaned between each patron.

Curbside Pickup Service is still available during our regular library hours. Library staff will continue to offer services digitally and by phone. Staff are available by phone to help you choose items to place on hold for curbside pickup or you can place them online

And of course, our virtual branch is open right here on our website and on the libraries' Facebook pages. For questions or help, you can contact us using the form on the Contact page.

Important Information

Library Holds

Holds can be placed for items within Plum Creek, but they will take longer to become available due to safety precautions. Holds through MNLink are available on a limited basis. Curbside Pickup service is available at all three locations to pickup holds or you can come into the library.


The library has whole collections of digital materials to checkout! Go to our eLibrary page to learn about them or scroll down to the Read for Free! section of this page to see all of the collections from both the library and others who have made materials free to download during this time.

WiFi Access 24/7

All locations have WiFi turned on at all times. It can be accessed by parking near any of the three library buildings.

WiFi Hotspots Now Available!!!

You can now checkout the Internet from the library! A mobile Internet hotspot uses cellular access to create a WiFi connection, allowing people to connect to the Internet where there is not typically strong, or any, WiFi access. The Jackson County Library System has received twelve hotspots to be checked out by our patrons.

These hotspots were made available through The Minnesota State Library, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education that created a connectivity grant for libraries across the state. This program is partially funded with a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education using federal funding, CFDA 45.310, Library Services and Technology Act (LS-00-19-0024-19) Grants to States.

Hotspots can be checked out by any Jackson County resident with a library card in good standing. They may not be placed on hold, but are available on a first come, first serve basis. Since they are a limited resource, they are checked out for two weeks and cannot be renewed.

Virtual Programming

Library YouTube Channel
The library now has a YouTube Channel! We will be sharing videos there as well as Facebook so you have another place to watch and enjoy all of the virtual programming that the library has to offer. Use the links below to navigate to the videos you want to watch!

Storytime Playlist
Bedtime Storyhour Playlist
Fall Adult Programs Playlist (content starting on Oct. 28)


Spark the love of reading by introducing your child to these fun storytimes. Storytimes help children develop a lifelong love for reading, and play an important role in building early literacy skills. Children learn how to interact with books, are introduced to new words, and introduced to new concepts.

Join us every Tuesday @ 10 AM on our Facebook pages for Storytime fun with Ms. Carrie, Ms. Kathy, and Ms. Sunny! You can also watch the most recent Storytime and Bedtime Storyhour videos on the Infants & Toddlers page.

Heron Lake Library Facebook

Jackson Library Facebook

Lakefield Library Facebook

Access #OperationStorytime  on Twitter to discover stories ready by celebrities, authors, and illustrators.

Oliver Jeffers reads Monday through Friday on LIVE Instagram

James Dean reads Pete the Cat on Mondays on LIVE Instagram

Mondays with Michelle Obama on PBS Kids Facebook and YouTube

StorylineOnline Archived Storytimes

StoryMakers and Read Out Loud at KidLit TV

Everday Storyhour with Robbi & Matthew on YouTube A daily, fun, picture-book storytime followed by an author chat time where they talk about the creative process, answer questions, and suggest activities to do at home.

Read For Free!

Digital Library Resources
Read & listen to eBooks for free with your library card!

Minnesota Resources
Read digitally for free with these services provided by the state.

Curbside Pickup
Get a bag of library materials starting on May 18!

Other Free Resources
Read with these other resources that are freely available.

Free Stay at Home Fun

Crosswords, Puzzles, & Escape Rooms!
Keep your brain active with these fun activities.

Printable Activities!
Print these activities to keep you busy at home.

Exercise & Active Fun
Get the whole family moving with these free online resources!

Language Learning
Why not learn a new language for free?!

Writing Activities
Be creative with these fun writing activities!

Library of Congress
Check out these curated activities for the whole family!

Virtual Learning Resources

General Resources & Lessons
Jump into learning at home with these free resources!

Let out your creativity!

Dive into science topics with these resources!

Music & Theatre
Explore music and theatre all from home!

Explore the final frontier!

Develop literacy skills and explore favorite books and discover new favorites!

Virtual Adventures

Zoos & Aquariums
Get an up close look at some amazing animals!

Explore history!

Adventure & Theme Parks
Take a ride on roller coaster and have an adventure!

National Parks
Explore the natural wonders in our National Parks!

Covid-19 Health Information